By now, you’ve likely stocked up on more than your share of moto jackets in various shades and styles. After all, they’re the easiest way to inject an instant dose of style to almost any look with minimal effort, whether you’re rocking a maxi dress or a casual jean-and-tee combo. Last spring, colorful takes on the faux leather moto had a major moment — from cheery pastels to flattering jewel tones — and this time around, it seems to be all about the florals! Nothing says spring like a good feminine floral print, and I love the way the bad-ass biker babe vibe contrasts with the traditionally feminine print to put a fresh spin on the tried-and-true trend. It’s the perfect example of hard and soft, and naughty meets nice. Check out some of my favorites in the links below!
Credit: Alex Gambardella
Flannel: it’s not only for lumberjacks. In fact, in recent years, the warm woven fabric has become a staple of casual-cool style. And this winter, it’s cropping up on more than your classic button-down shirt – flannel has been sneaking its way onto bags, jackets, pants and even shoes – making it easier than ever to stay warm while still maintaining that laid-back, comfy-meets-cool balance that’s essential for surviving winter in style. And it doesn’t stop at your traditional tartan or plaid – flannel goes flirty and floral and even moto-inspired with leather details and unexpected prints that upgrade the look for 2014. Check out some of my favorite cozy flannel pieces in the links below!
Pictured above: Shellys London Vikova Oxford Flats, Sea Baby Flannel Moto Jacket, UNIQLO Flannel Floral Print Long Sleeve Shirt, Vi Vi Vee Across-Body Bag, and Boy. by Band of Outsiders Flannel High Waisted Pants.
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“Four-eyed” fashionistas go nuts for Warby Parker’s budget-friendly “Try Before You Buy” model (if only all online shopping was that easy!), and now the eyewear brand is upgrading its style with a little help from a fashionable friend! Leith Clark, famed fashion editor and stylist to the stars, is lending her retro-modern style to a sweet capsule collection for Warby Parker. Taking inspiration from the sexy ’60s librarian look, the quirky collection includes five different frames that are available in both optical and sunwear versions. Think vintage-inspired circle frames and classic cat-eye styles galore, as well as fun and feminine prints that are perfect for making a serious eyewear statement. Plus, in true Warby Parker fashion, each pair sold means another pair donated to someone in need. Part naughty, part nice, and 100% stylish – you don’t want to miss out on the Leith x Warby Parker collection before it gets sold out!
While most holiday fashion and beauty capsule collections this year are offering up shades of sage and cranberry, shearling lining, and more sparkle than anyone can safely handle, Fendi has gone in a very, very different direction. The high-fashion design house is taking a decidedly Halloween-inspired approach to the holidays with their Buggies capsule collection – a series of fuzzy bag charms, and monster-inspired handbags that will not only have all eyes on you – they’ll stare back, too! From quirky keychains to sleek black totes with hidden peekaboo eyes and even furry creature baguette bags, these graphic accessories are almost like having your own personal wardrobe body guard! Our only regret is that even the most affordable Buggies retail at a staggering $580 (not counting the tiny keychains which will set you back a hefty $270 apiece). But hey – maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll find one of these cute little critters peeking out at us from a clearance pile at Saks one day.
- Alexandra Gambardella
A classic trench coat is one of those few timeless pieces that truly never goes out of style – for reals. I mean, let’s put it this way: if there’s one thing you can safely splurge $750+ on (*cough*Burberry*cough*) without fear of falling victim to a passing fashion fad, it’s a trench. But what if you want something a bit more… updated? True, trendy details are the exact things that keep a piece from being truly timeless, but sometimes they’re hard to resist. Case in point: strategically-placed leather trim and paneling. We’ve seen our share of contrast sleeves carried over from last season, but this time around, quilted leather shoulders, leather arm cuffs, and even leather patchwork are edging up our favorite classic trench and parka silhouettes. I mean, it’s basically like two of our favorite fall-weather staples – our tried-and-true leather jacket and our favorite goes-with-everything trench coat – had a ridiculously stylish baby. Yes, a jacket baby. Check out my favorites in the links below!
Mohair. Even just the name makes my skin itch and conjures up horrifying childhood memories of getting dressed for school in a textile that more closely resembled a torture device than actual fabric. However, now that I’m older, wiser, a bit more tolerant of texture, and can actually pick out my own clothes every morning, I’ve developed a new appreciation for mohair – and so has the rest of the fashion world, apparently! Cozy meets chic with mohair-tweed blends, mohair trim, fuzzy-soft mohair blends and beyond – the textile is no longer just a tantrum-inducing tool for punishing your toddler. From jackets and coats to dresses and skirts, and of course, the classic mohair sweater – check out some of my favorite mohair pieces in the links below!
- Alexandra Gambardella
Just when you thought 2013 had exhausted all of its pattern options, winter is bringing forth an entirely new, fresh spin on the trend. This season, eye prints are having a major moment (in fact, Kenzo modeled its entire Fall 2013 collection around the motif) and there’s nothing evil about them! That is, unless you consider their potential to make a serious dent in your wallet! After all, lip prints seemed to work for the fashion world, so why not play up the peepers? Whether you believe in the protective powers of the evil eye, seek the enlightenment of the third eye, or are just looking for an on-trend alternative to animal print this season, check out some of my favorite stylish eye-printed pieces in the links below!
Pictured above: ASOS Smock Dress in Eye Print, Del Toro Prince Albert Canvas Slipper Loafers with Winking Eye Embroidery, Au Jour Le Jour Eye Print Blouse, Kenzo Eye-Print Leather Mini Skirt, and Creatures of Comfort Adele Dress in Eye Print.
- Alexandra Gambardella
I know some bargain-hunting fashion fiends may be skeptical about spending hundreds of dollars on a pair of Frye boots, and I used to be the same way…. until I bought a pair! I love my Fryes, and I know I’m not alone – and it’s that satisfying dedication to craftsmanship and quality that’s well worth the price, and what has made boot lovers everywhere come back repeatedly for a century and a half! In celebration of the brand’s 150th anniversary (seriously, can you believe it?), Frye has unveiled a series of limited-edition styles, revamped for the occasion. The collection is decidedly more rugged and western-inspired compared to many of its other sleeker, modern-day styles, and some even take inspiration from the American flag with a stars-and-stripes pattern, dedicated to the pioneers and soldiers who were among Frye’s first customers. Check out some anniversary styles in the links below!
- Alexandra Gambardella
I’m all about sparkle – in fact, I have a hard time resisting buying anything that’s coated in glitter, sequins, or rhinestones. But mastering the art of wearing glitz during the day is still something I’m working on. We’ve seen it done, so we know it’s possible – bedazzled sweatshirts, glitter-embellished western booties, sparkly everyday flats, and other glitzed-up, laid-back digs make the trend wearable and approachable without going overboard or blinding passers-by with sun-reflecting shine. And now, denim is dazzling things up in its own casual-cool way with sequin-embellished jeans. From shiny sequined panels to all-over shine, plus tomboy-meets-disco-girl boyfriend styles, I’m pretty stoked to get my shine, from morning till night! Check out my favorite glitzy denim in the links below!